Men's Basketball Defeats Roosevelt in Home Opener, 59-42
Nov. 16, 2011
Darrin Williams (Louisville, Ky./Eastern) recorded his first-career double-double, spearheaded by a career-best 18 points, leading the UIC men's basketball team to a 59-42 win over visiting Roosevelt University in the Flames' home opener at the UIC Pavilion Wednesday night.
In addition to Williams' 18 points, he pulled down 12 rebounds. Redshirt junior guard Daniel Barnes (Oak Park, Ill. /Oak Park-River Forest) also scored a career-high 11 points, while freshman guard Greg Travis (Chicago, Ill./Curie) logged his first-career double-digit scoring effort with 14 tallies.
"I was proud of how we fought in the second half, because I thought Roosevelt really out-played us in the first half," said head coach Howard Moore. "We could have easily been down by double-digits at halftime, but Roosevelt struggled shooting the ball. I thought they did a great job of pressing the glass on us, trying to get extra opportunities and possessions.
"We had to grind out this win, and definitely have a long way to go. It's a process, and we're heading in the right direction."
The Flames jumped out to a fast start as the squad gained possession of the opening tip, before Travis laid in a basket from Barnes to open the contest at 2-0.
Williams ignited a seven-point run for the Flames as the center knocked down a jumper to tie the contest at 6-6 (14:47), before senior Paris Carter (Lansing, Ill./T.F. South) made a basket to regain the lead. Travis then capped of the streak with a steal, which he completed at the other end of the court with a fast-break layup, before sinking a three-point shot to give UIC a 13-6 advantage with 12:29 left in the half.
Barnes went on a late-half scoring spurt, which began with a free throw at 7:44, before knocking down a three-pointer and two jumpers to tie Travis with seven points. The duo led all players in points for the half.
Williams notched the first six points in the second-half UIC effort, including an offensive board, which he concluded with a power dribble and the bucket for a 33-22 advantage with 14:52 left to play.
The Flames continued to increase their lead over the Lakers in the second half as Barnes hit a three, before Williams pulled down an offensive rebound for a put back. Carter then gave UIC a 48-35 (4:25) advantage as he collected his second dunk of the game.
UIC will return to the Pavilion Saturday, when the Flames take on Quincy beginning at 3:00 p.m. (CT).